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Saint Patrick's Day is this week (hence the overabundance of green in this post - gotta do it, right?)! Well, in honor of all things Irish, I thought you might enjoy a recipe for Guinness Beef Stew.
This hardy recipe is dark, rich, chunky. satisfying, layered with savory goodness, and pretty darn easy to make - in other words, perfect for celebrating St. Patty's Day!
I opted to serve it up with a fresh loaf of whole wheat Irish soda bread. The nutty and rustic flavors and textures were a perfect accompaniment.
So why not get into the St. Patty's Day spirit this year, by throwing on something green, grabbing yourself a pint (or two) of Guinness, and digging into a bowl of beef stew with Irish soda bread! Sounds pretty good to me!
1 1/2 pounds Red Bliss potatoes (about 5 medium), scrubbed and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1 pound carrots, parsnips, or a combination, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add half of the meat and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 7 to 10 minutes, reducing the heat if the pot begins to scorch. Transfer the browned beef to a medium bowl. Repeat with 1 more tablespoon oil and the remaining beef; transfer the meat to the bowl.
Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the pot and return to medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute.
Stir in the broth and 1 1/4 cups of the beer, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in the thyme, bay leaves, brown sugar, and browned beef with any accumulated juices. Bring to a simmer, cover, and transfer to the oven for 1 hour.
Stir the potatoes and carrots into the stew and continue to cook in the oven, covered, until the beef and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour. Discard the bay leaves, stir in the remaining 1/4 cup beer, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the parsley before serving.
Recipe shared with permission from Cook's Illustrated.
Notes from Cook's Illustrated:
There is a lot of fat and gristle to trim away from a chuck roast, so don’t be surprised if you trim off up to 1 1/2 pounds. We prefer the flavor of Guinness Draught in this stew (with Guinness Extra Stout a close second), but you can substitute another brand of stout or a dark ale, such as Rogue Chocolate Stout or Newcastle Brown Ale.
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